We're a family (with 2 little ones under 3) moving to Boston for 3 months in the Summer of 2013. Where should we stay?

Asked by spambaby7, Boston, MA Mon Dec 10, 2012

We'll be moving to Boston because my husband will be working at MIT for the summer months of 2013. As we are only coming for 3 months, we would like a furnished flat and a short lease (and a good price -lets say at the max $3500 pm), and to stay in an area that is family friendly (would like to put the kids in a day center ideally) whilst being an easy (fast) public transport commute to MIT. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

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Saoirse, Home Owner, Boston, MA
Wed Dec 12, 2012
OK. You will be able to afford a very decent space for $3,500. Best deal is to find a "trade" with or a sublet from another academic family.
Check out Google maps to make sure you get an apartment near (1) public transport (Red line or #1 bus to MIT) and (2) green space or play space for kids.
Some neighborhoods to consider:
in C:
1. Cambridge, Central Square
Areas south of Mass Ave tend to be safer, especially as you approach the Charles River.
Scope out apartments in two families near "Magazine Beach."
2. Cambridge, Kendall Square
Practically on MIT's campus. Look for the more modern construction.
3. Cambridge, Harvard Square
Great place to be!
4. Boston, Back Bay
Get apartment as close as possible to Mass Ave to catch the number 1 bus OR to walk across the Mass Ave bridge to MIT. Best if you stay between Boylston Street and the River.
5. Boston, Beacon Hill/Charles Street
Excellent location, strategically speaking.
Caveat: For safety reasons, I am a tad wary of the Fenway, even if it is a great location and one can catch the #47 bus to MIT. Having lived there for several years, I can tell you that the Red Sox games at Fenway Park are not fun for area residents.
6. Brookline
Town west of Boston is very kid friendly and safe. Easy enough to catch bus to Cambridge (#66?).
For the bus, you will want to live as close as Possible to Harvard Street, so find a place near Brookline Village or the Coolidge Corner area
OR Washington Square (Beacon Street) OR Tappan Street/Beacon Street for easiest access to 2 branches of Green Line (green to red takes you to MIT)

When you get here, check out ZIP car for easy, convenient "cars when you need them."
Enjoy your stay.
p.s. You might consider asking at Boston Bed and Breakfast for short term rentals:
0800-89-5128 (Free from U.K.)
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Alexandra Ro…, Agent, Medfield, MA
Tue Dec 11, 2012
Try homeaway dot com. Search for greater boston area. There are many homes and apartments to choose from, they are furnished and equipped for short term rentals. Many offer monthly rates.
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Mario Pavli, Agent, Boston, MA
Mon Dec 10, 2012
Anywhere in the city will be extremely hard. I would move a bit out the city (Quincy & Braintree) and you would have better luck.

Best Of Luck
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Rafael Herna…, Agent, Roslindale, MA
Sun Dec 30, 2012
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Anthony Piem…, Agent, Boston, MA
Mon Dec 24, 2012
Hi! Your budget seems good, I see that your husband will be working at MIT, I would suggest looking into the Cambridge area for your rental, many people who work at MIT rent in that area because it is convenient to public transportation and the school. Cambridge, Belmont area might work well for you.
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Marcus Guerr…, Agent, Boston, MA
Fri Dec 21, 2012
There are great units available in the Summer up until about August 31st. With the student market taking up a lot of housing during the semester there tends to be vacancies in the months of June-August. The main reason being the student market's biggest move in day is September 1st. I personally feel as if Cambridge/Somerville would suit your specific needs. We have over 10,000 listings in that area & we'd be more than happy to help accommodate you.
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Masha Sender…, Agent, Newton, MA
Mon Dec 10, 2012
try www . sabbaticalhomes . com
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CH Naamad, Agent, Boston, MA
Mon Dec 10, 2012
Furnished units' availability may not be known 6/7 months in advance. Please check back around March 2013. Please keep in mind that summers are usually the highest season for furnished units.
Areas around MIT: Back Bay, East Cambridge, or Midtown.
Good luck,
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Louis Wolfs…, Agent, Needham, MA
Mon Dec 10, 2012
Where are you coming from? Maybe there is a family here that would like to swap with you for the summer?

Newton, Brookline, Cambridge are all great locations and communities. You may also get a nice place in the Back Bay area of Boston.
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